Ocean Club Hotel
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The reason I love Sharm el-Sheikh so much is it's a holiday mecca! The place - a gorgeous sea view beach setting - has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Yes it's nice to see the locals and culture on holidays, but here you don't experience the down sides of this. From clubbing to quading in the desert, diving to fine food, this place has everything for an enjoyable ...
... did another dive on the wreckage on a turn of the 20th century commercial ship. The most recognizable part of the wreckage that remains are dozens of toilet bowls that sit at the bottom of the sea. As a result, the dive spot has been unofficially christened the toilet bowl dive. We were told to not sit on the ~114yr old toilet bowls, since fire coral and moray eels might be lurking inside them! The captain's old bmw car is also somewhere, I didn't spot it out though. One thing ...
... from the Gorilla man, Professor Harvey Mann. He told the story of how he slept out in the rain forest for 4 nights with Douhmy, female mate of Alpha Male Titus, whilst she went through the final stages of her pregnancy with the eventual delivery of a baby gorilla. Male Gorillas know to keep well out of the way at times like this! After his mother, Harvey Mann was the first individual the young gorilla made eye contact with and the moment was captured on camera. A special bond ...
... not sure how they picked out this spot because we did not see many Russians at the main tourist sites like Giza or Luxor. They definitely make the most of the alcohol side of the all-inclusive and I think it is funny that they are still white as a ghost when returning to Russia. There is also a part of Sharm that is built like the kremlin in Moscow and has all the same tops. We passed through it on one of our day trips and I thought it was pretty ...
... kinda look. slightly disgusted, and very confused.
Ah, yes, I feel loved.
"am I dreaming?" "No"
"Are you really here?" "As far as I'm aware"
"How are you here?" "a big metal bird that goes real fast. Then there was a bus."
5 minutes later I FINALLY get my kiss. It is now well beyond 1:30, and he has to go to work in a few hours. I am home.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ocean Club Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Losing it`s stars
Looking at some of the earlier reviews someone said this hotel is like a 3 star hotel.
Well, we must all have varying views on what constitutes a star!
I must say though we did book last minute and get a great deal, However, if you have paid full whack I think you`ll be somewhat disappointed.
The hotel is tired looking with serious attention needed to some areas.
Water heater in bedroom old.and unreliable Aircon ineffective. Tiles on bedroom floor dirty. Furniture dated.Sheets and towels far from brand new I think . TV limited and surprisingly only news channel in French.Outside your room there`s a mattress type thing for you to lounge on but they are filthy and you`d find better on your local rubbish tip!! The umbrellas around the pool are tatty as are the sun lounge mattresses and look like they`re second hand ones from a better establishment.I don`t think the tablecloths on the tables by the pool bar were changed whilst I was there.
All in all the place needs a serious refurbishment. The good news is that it looks like they`ve started. The bad news is the work is going on whilst you try to relax. They would be better closing the place down and refurbishing everything.
The staff do try but they are limited with the resources they have including poor refrigeration for your beers and soft drinks and outdated cooking range.
The food is average and when you order some food at the pool bar it is cooked in the main kitchen and can be tepid when it arrives at the pool.
Only the price we paid prevented me from moving and the fact that the room was at least nice and quiet and dark and the pool and area peaceful due to most people being away diving.
Great for the money
We have just come back from a week here and thought we would add a quick review.
This hotel is in the Hadaba area of Sharm about 15 mins from the Airport and 5 mins for old sharm.
Naama bay is the main area of Sharm and that to is about 5 mins away.
The hotel runs a mini bus to the center of Naama bay about 8 times a day, it costs 50p return or you can take a taxi for about £2 strling - £20 eygption.
The hotel itself is clean and basic and any maintenance issues are delt with stright away, it has two pools and nice pool bar and a roof top bar that opens in the evenings.
The prices at both are very reasonable for a hotel, ie, £1.50 for a beer, 60p for a soft drink and £3.00 for a main meal.
The breakfast is very basic, tea/coffee, 1 cornflake type cereal, rolls, toast, butter, jam and honey, with some cheese and ham.
They also have scrambled and hard boiled eggs.
The staff in the hotel are very friendly (say Hi to mohammod the pool towel boy) and nothing seems to much trouble.
All in all its a great base, most people in the hotel are there on diving holidays so the pool area is great for those looking for a pool with peace and quiet during the day. Please note tho that the main pool is sometimes used for people on courses for 2/3 hours at a time.
The majority of people are out of the hotel from 8am to 5pm when the pool bay is then busy with talk of the days diving experiences.
So if your looking for a quiet friendly hotel between the old and new area of sharm, just want clean basic rooms and a nice relaxed atmosphere then you cant go far wrong.
Great for relaxing week
Stayed at the Ocean Club for the last week in March after booking with Explorers via lastminute.com. This was advertised as a 3 star hotel, but on arrival it had 2 stars on the wall. We needn't have worried. Although the rooms are small, basic and rather dark the glorious weather and the friendly hotel staff more than made up for it. We were not diving so consequently, along with a handful of other sunbathers had the lovely pools to ourselves.
Our rooms were cleaned every day, clean sheets ,towels etc, the rest of the hotel seemed to be kept equally clean and all in all we had no complaints. It is a taxi ride away from Naama Bay but to be honest a couple of trips there was all we needed -it depends what you like!
Hotel breakfasts were adequate for a one week stay -maybe after 2 weeks it could get a bit mundane. We would go back again as we are not into super swish hotels, but rather small, quiet and friendly which we found the Ocean Club to be.
Great organisation for our complicated dive requirements!
We stayed here last October and thought it was so ideal that we returned here in March. The weather and sea temperatures are better in October (a bit chilly just now at about 24C with a fresh breeze).
For scuba diving, the visibility was a bit poor, as some storms in Febuary had kicked up the bottom, but temps and vis are due to improve by end March. The most amazing thing about our trip was that I was doing my Advanced course, my son was doing his Junior Open Water and my partner just had a dive pack, but they managed to organise all this for us seamlessly!! It's amazing how they manage to make sure all your dive gear transfers between boats (I was on 3 boats in the week and my gear was always there before me!). My son, age 11, was absolutely fine, being able to put lunch 'on his room' (we had 2 rooms with an adjoining door) and the cosiness and friendliness of the hotel meant he was very safe and content during lunch times and we were always back from the sea before he'd finished
for the day. The instructor (Ahmed) was absolutely great with him. We did the SS Thistlegorm dive, getting up at 5am but well worth it.
This hotel is such a friendly place for families, couples and lone travellers alike. The only criticism would be that the food at the club seems to have gone downhill but Naama Bay is cheap (pay 20 Egyptian pounds for a taxi) and loads of places to eat (Hard Rock Cafe was surprisingly good but beware that they don't con you into buying the glasses with your coke...) Fantastic value as always.
Loved the hotel and Egyptian people
We stayed at the Ocean Club hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in February 2007 for 1 week. We absolutely loved the hotel considering the price we paid (£379 each for flights, transfers & bed and breakfast and this was over the half term week). The hotel rooms are fairly basic so don't expect too much but for us it was very comfortable, twin beds, TV, air con and cleaned everyday.
There are 2 pools, one of them is heated which for this time of year was much needed as the circular pool is freezing. They have sun loungers for everyone and towels, a restaurant that is open pretty much all day up until about 10.30pm. The food was very nice
and decent prices i.e. spaghetti bolognaise for about £3.50 and you get loads!
The rep from our tour company (Explorers) was in the hotel everyday so you could ask questions and get all the info you need. On our second night there was an Egyptian evening with all you can eat BBQ. The food was delicious and there was belly dancing, the spinning man which is an Egyptian traditional dance and various other entertainers; all of this for about £9 each. There is a cash machine in the hotel (charged about £2 per transaction) and a shop next door with souvenirs, food, drinks etc. so you can stock up in your room if you need a few things.
The only down side is that the beach is about a 20 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride and you have to pay to go to most of the beaches as the hotels on the beach front own them. We went to Farnar beach and paid about £6 each and spent the day on their small section of beach, we did have sun loungers and towels and there was a jetty to walk out into the sea for snorkeling. The fish are amazing in the Red Sea so if you love snorkeling or diving, Egypt is the place to see coral and fish and there are lots of excursions to go on like glass bottom boats and diving trips if you are qualified.
Ocean Club has a diving school attached to it so if you want to learn to dive, be prepared to spend the first 3 days of your holiday training with 1 day in the classroom, 1 day in the pool and then out to sea. We aren't big on diving so just mostly hung out round the pool or at the beach.
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday with lots of lazy days by the pool, a day or 2 out shopping and an excursion here or there then this is for you. It's not a clubbing holiday, although there are some clubs in Narma Bay which is about 10 minutes away in a taxi but we didn't go to any, we just went shopping in Narma and to eat.
The temperature was about 27 degrees during the day with blue skies, and hot sunshine but in the evening you do need a cardigan or jumper as it can get a bit chilly. But you will be guaranteed sunshine so don't pack too many clothes as you'll end up mostly in sarongs, bikinis & flip flops during the day or shorts and a vest top and then in the evening I was mostly in jeans and a top.
I would go back to Egypt and stay at the Ocean Club as the staff are very friendly and accommodating and as it's not a huge hotel you get to know them and it has a personal feel to it rather than being in a hotel complex where you are one of many tourists.
We didn't go to Cairo to see the pyramids as it is a 6 hour coach ride to get there from Sharm for about £70 each or a plane ride (45 mins on the plane) but this was £150 each which was too much for us but other people went and really enjoyed the day although they said the traveling by coach was very tiring.
All in all we felt that Ocean Club was great value for money and guaranteed sunshine if you want to get out of the cold in England. Well worth a visit and the Egyptians are very friendly.
Annouska & Glen
We returned from Sharm el Sheik over a week ago, the Ocean Club hotel is in an ideal location. If you want a relaxing holiday or an adventure holiday, the Ocean Club is perfect.
The rooms are basic, but who spends time in their rooms!!!!
There is 2 large pools, one is heated .
The hotel offers an idealic location for divers, experienced or just learning!! as there is a 5 * PADI diving school attatched to it. All the staff are excellent.
If your not in to diving, there is plenty more to do which the hotel cater,such as Quad biking in the desert, Snorkelling trips, boat trips,day trips to Cario, Luxor or Dahab for the day at resonable prices. There is also evening entertainment planned for certain nights of the week which are fun if you do not want to stray from the hotel.
The hotel boasts of a restuarant, a pool bar and a evening roof terrace bar with a chilled out atmosphere.
The food was good. They offer a mongolian BBQ most nights which is fantastic. Bar and restaurant fod available all day.
If you do not want to stay in at the hotel, the popular Naama Bay is the place to be for shopping, eating out and night life, from the Ocean Club it costs around £2.50 for a 5 minute white nuckle taxi ride!!
Overall my holiday experience was fantastic.
The people, place, food & drink, beaches, scenery and sea were all superb. I will be definately going back !!!
Sharm at New Year
2 of us (40-something women who wanted a mixture of activities plus good nightlife) stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel, which is a 12 min taxi ride outside Naarma Bay. The hotel was perfect for our needs. It attracts a lot of divers and has quite a laid-back vibe. The hotel and staff are all courteous, reasonably effiicient and friendly and the cleaner is especially creative. He knows at least 101 different ways to fold your towels - ever seen your entire bed made into a shark with a toilet roll in its mouth? No, then book here! There's a heated pool plus 2 cooler dunk pools. The food isn't glamourous. It's mainly simple and tasty (we didn't get stomach bugs at all during our stay and we ate salads everywhere we went!). Rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. We seemed to meet some really lovely people there - all laid-back, friendly types and the Explorers Club reps (Rani and Hisham) were also really helpful about helping us to book excursions or trips out of town. Naarma Bay itself is a bit of a gilded cage - loads of restaurants, shops and coffee bars all demanding your time and your money. We found a gentler, easier atmosphere at Shark's Bay (15 min cab ride). No hassle here, just lots of people, young and old, having fun and sunbathing. (Ask for Reda and Omar and tell them we sent you. They're 2 lovely guys who will make sure you find a good spot and a comfy sunlounger with mattress. They will also arrange a boat trip for you. There's no pressure though - they're just friendly, helpful, local guys who like to meet people and find out about the world). OR, you can while away the afternoon in the beach cafe smoking a hooker pipe and drinking delicous turkish coffee). We never felt unsafe or threatened on any part of our trip, although we did get ripped off a couple of times over taxi fares and restaurant bills - mainly because we couldn't be bothered to barter for everything or we didn't check first how much to pay! Alcohol can also be expensive (£8 for cocktails at Little Buddha Bar and £4-6 for a bottle of pretty dire wine but, as the Egyptians mostly don't drink they load the tourist prices). Old Sharm is just up the road and we can also thoroughly recommend the Sinai Star - just pitch up and be prepared to eat the most delicious grilled calamari and prawns with rice and tahini and copious salad, all for the equivalent of £6!! There's no menu and it's so popular you may have to queue for a table but that's just another good way to meet people (buy your booze next door as they don't sell it in the restaurant). We also went snorkelling at Ras Mohammed National Park and it was truly stunning. Again, a nice gang on the boat, lovely weather, terrific food (equipment also provided but book extras such as a wetsuit if you need one) and the most amazing reefs! Sharm attracts all nationalities and quite a lot of eastern Europeans. The Russians were out in force over New Year but, apart from their solemn faces and fat cigars, it was hard to take issue with them. The locals, however, don't seem to like their ways. Oh well! There were plenty of Brits, Italians, Dutch and Danish to dilute them. By the way, the weather was cooler than we thought it might be. Definitely coats, jumpers and boots required after dark, although it still reached the mid 20s most days.
Early season sun
We stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel, not the Ocean Bay, which is in Hadaba, 5 minutes' drive from Sharm itself. Both hotels are owned / operated by Explorers.
Explorers are a specialist diving holidays company, but as non-divers looking for a cheap, last-minute holiday for some sun at Easter, this was great.
Egypt is cheap by UK standards, though as every other reviewer has said, don't pay the first price they ask. Despite the fact that you may be able to afford their asking price, haggling is practically a cultural prerequisite.
Don't buy bottled water in the hotel as it is about three times the price of shops in the local area, but do make sure you drink plenty - it's a hot, dry climate and if you get dehydrated you will ruin your holiday.
The Mongolian Barbeque is excellent; not all of the Hotel food is so good, but it's certainly cheap.
Excursions run from the hotel are not cheap; you will find cheaper elsewhere in the dive centers etc. but I can't vouch for their quality, or lack thereof!
We went on the overnight trip up Mt. Sinai - this is definitely a worthwhile excursion to Egypt's second highest peak and a place of historical and religious significance. It's not for you if you are elderly or infirm though, as it's a lot of walking on rough terrain and don't expect the same approach to Health and Safety as in the UK!
We also spent a day snorkeling with lunch onboard the boat, which was also good - we had the impression that in peak season it would be a lot busier!
This is the only location we have visited in Egypt, so we can't say whether it's representative of the country, but we felt more comfortable and safer than in Tunisia - if in doubt, dress down, don't be too flash and you won't attract too much unwanted attention. A couple of weeks learning some basic Arabic will work absolute wonders in getting people to open up.
The Egyptians seem friendly; we tried to be sensitive to their customs and expectations - we were told that the Sinai Peninsula is more relaxed than the rest of the country, but topless sunbathing for ladies is still a no-no!
All in all, an excellent holiday and very good value for money.
Great hotel, wonderful for divers
my partner and I stayed for a week in september, and couldn't have had a better time. The hotel itself is spacious, clean and the staff are always helpful. The rooftop bar is really welcoming and the bar food is filling and delicious. However, I do recommend taking stomach medicine, as several people in our party were struck down.
in an amzing location for diving, although not being on the beach (7 km away from Naarma bay) is slightly annoying, however, there is a regular bus service to the centre of the resort.
In general, it would be hard to find a better hotel for the price!!
Top class hotel
Upon arriving at ocean club hotel i was astounded that such a hotel could be classified as 3 star and not higher. The service and facilities were of a very high and more than acceptable standard. The staff were always on hand and willing to help if we had any queries. There was 3 swimming pools, 2 small ones for the little ones or for those who just want to lounge and 1 bigger pool, for the divers and swimmers out there. As for the location...it is an area called Hadaba, which is about a 5-7min taxi ride away from Naama Bay, the main resort area. This location is near to the great snorkelling beach, Fanaar, and the old market. There is also a shop next door to the hotel called Scarabee, which is definitely worth checking out...the guys in there are great and will look after you.